Leah Trueblood: ‘Following the Science:’ a Legal and Democratic Challenge – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘During a pandemic, it seems like a good idea for politicians to “follow the science.” But what does this actually mean? The claim that the Government is “following the science” is in many respects laudable, but is it also a convenient way to avoid or limit accountability? Due to a lack of transparency, it is unclear whether and to what extent substantive decisions are being made by scientists, or if this is just a politically helpful turn of phrase. A recent Institute for Government report Decision Making in a Crisis: First Responses to the Coronavirus Pandemic potentially provides some insight into this question. The report says that when deciding whether to lockdown the country in March, the Government looked to science for “answers” for what to do, rather than as part of a range of inputs into a decision-making process. Is the Government delegating decisions for which, under statute, it is exclusively responsible? Possibly. It is necessary to consider how decision-making and accountability mechanisms for decision-makers must be modified to reflect this change in who exercises power in the United Kingdom and how. It is often argued that scientists should be “on tap but not on top.” This post asks if this “on tap not on top” relationship is possible during a pandemic, and to assess the challenges for legal and democratic accountability if it is not.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 21st September 2020

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Yossi Nehushtan: The 14-Day Quarantine Policy is Illegal – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Harsh criticism, mainly from politicians and the travel industry has been expressed regarding the new government policy, according to which, and from 8 June, nearly all international arrivals at UK ports must quarantine for 14 days. It is surprising that very little has been said about the clear illegality of this policy, despite a very recent judicial review process that has been brought against the policy by a few airline companies. In this post it is argued that the quarantine policy is irrational, unreasonable and disproportionate – and therefore illegal. A preliminary note about the differences between rationality and reasonableness will be followed by applying rationality, reasonableness and proportionality to our case.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 17th June 2020

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Rights & Wrongs? Standard of proof in dishonesty cases considered by the Court of Appeal – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted May 12th, 2020 in banking, conspiracy, fraud, illegality, news, standard of proof by sally

‘The standard of proof in dishonesty cases: simple to state, difficult to apply. In Bank St Petersburg PJSC v Arkhangelsky [2020] EWCA Civ 408 the difficulty led the Court of Appeal to reverse an experienced High Court judge’s dismissal of a counterclaim. The matter was remitted after a 46 day trial spread over 6 months in 2016, 22 months waiting for a 388 page judgment and nearly 2 years waiting for the Court of Appeal decision on 18 March 2020. Jack Dillon and Amy Held consider the implications.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 10th May 2020

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Why is the “illegality” defence back in the spotlight? – 4 New Square

Posted May 12th, 2020 in chambers articles, defences, illegality, news by sally

‘It is not uncommon for defendants to professional negligence claims to argue that the claimant should be barred from recovering damages because his or her cause of action is tarred by illegality. However, over recent years, the law has taken a variety of approaches to when illegality will provide a defence. With the issue about to come before the Supreme Court again, Helen Evans and Ian McDonald of 4 New Square explain.’

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4 New Square, 4th May 2020

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Day v Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP [2020] EWCA Civ 447: Would your 12 year old understand when to stop?- Hailsham Chambers

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in appeals, chambers articles, fees, illegality, law firms, negligence, news by sally

‘By this notable decision the Court of Appeal has offered a useful illustration of the strict limits to the scope for claims by previously convicted claimants against their former lawyers,
alleging negligence in respect of the defence of the earlier criminal proceedings.’

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Hailsham Chambers, 30th March 2020

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Illegality and separating a PD from an underlying dispute – 3PB

‘Tracey Robinson (‘C’) was hired by Mr Cathcart on behalf of the Crown Prince Ras-alKhaimah (‘the Sheikh’) in 2007 to carry out a number of duties including looking after the Sheikh’s children and properties in the UK. The contract clearly stipulated that C was responsible for paying her own tax.’

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3PB, 2nd March 2020

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New Judgment: Singularis Holdings Ltd (In Official Liquidation) (A Company Incorporated in the Cayman Islands) v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd [2019] UKSC 50 – UKSC Blog

Posted October 31st, 2019 in banking, duty of care, fraud, illegality, news by sally

‘An implied term of the contract between a bank and its customer is that the bank owes a duty of care not to execute the customer’s order if it knows the order to be dishonestly given, or shuts its eyes to obvious dishonesty, or acts recklessly in failing to make inquiries. This is known as the Quincecare duty of care, following the 1992 case of Barclays Bank plc v Quincecare Ltd.’

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UKSC Blog, 30th October 2019

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High Commissioner for Pakistan in the United Kingdom v Prince Muffakham Jah and Others [2019] – Blackstone Chambers

‘The High Court has determined a £35 million partition era dispute between India, Pakistan and successors in title to 7th Nizam of Hyderabad. Claims of Pakistan dismissed; claims of India, Prince Muffakham Jah and Prince Mukarram Jah upheld.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 2nd October 2019

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Court throws out convicted client’s negligence claim against solicitors – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A convicted client has failed in a bid to make his former solicitors stump up the bill for his £450,000 fine imposed in the Crown court. In Day v Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP Her Honour Judge Deborah Taylor, sitting in the High Court, struck out the negligence claim by landowner Philip Day.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th May 2019

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Families of three dead Windrush victims can claim compensation – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2018 in compensation, deportation, families, illegality, immigration, news by sally

‘The families of three wrongly deported Windrush victims who died before UK officials were able to repatriate them will be able to claim compensation, the immigration minister has told the House of Commons.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2018

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Appeal judges refuse compensation for schizophrenic who killed mother – Litigation Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has unanimously rejected a compensation claim brought by a schizophrenic woman who stabbed her mother to death.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th August 2018

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Judge rules residence qualification in allocation policy of council to be unlawful – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 17th, 2018 in housing, illegality, local government, news by tracey

‘A residence qualification set by Hillingdon Council stating that only households with at least 10 years’ continuous residence in-borough could qualify to join the three-welfare-based bands of its housing register was unlawful, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th July 2018

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Court of Appeal on illegal eviction – quantum and heads of claim – Nearly Legal

Posted May 22nd, 2018 in appeals, housing, illegality, landlord & tenant, news, repossession by sally

‘Mrs S was the wife of Mr S, married in 2011. (Mrs S had leave to remain in the UK but no recourse to public funds, just to explain some odd bits along the way). In June 2014, Mr S took an assured shorthold tenancy of a flat from Mr K, the landlord for a 12 month term. The rent was paid from Mr S’ housing benefit.’

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Nearly Legal, 18th May 2018

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NHS England faces first legal challenge to plans for health shake-up – The Guardian

Posted April 24th, 2018 in budgets, health, hospitals, illegality, judicial review, news by sally

‘NHS England faces a legal challenge to its plans to overhaul how the health service operates, which critics say are unlawful and could lead to patients being denied treatment.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2018

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Britain accused of unlawfully deporting Afghan asylum seekers – The Guardian

Posted October 5th, 2017 in asylum, deportation, illegality, international law, news, reports by tracey

‘Britain and other European countries have been accused of breaching international law, as it emerged that the number of asylum seekers forced to return to Afghanistan has tripled at a time when civilian casualties in the country are at a record high.’

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The Guardian, 5th October 2017

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Samim Bigzad: Home Office ‘violates court order’ to deport Afghan man threatened with beheading to Kabul – The Independent

Posted September 14th, 2017 in deportation, government departments, illegality, immigration, news by tracey

‘The Home Office has been accused of violating a court order to deport an Afghan man threatened with beheading by the Taliban.’

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The Independent, 13th September 2017

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Allocations: Local Lettings and Undisclosed Policies – Garden Court Chambers

‘The defendant, Islington Borough Council, maintained an allocation scheme which provided that certain categories of people were excluded from joining the housing register, including those who had lived in the borough for less than three out of the previous five years. However, the scheme allowed for exceptions to be made. In particular, in respect of homeless applicants to whom a long-term housing duty under Part 7 Housing Act 1996 had been accepted.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 5th July 2017

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Government says unlawful subletting at Grenfell Tower should not be prosecuted – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 4th, 2017 in fire, illegality, landlord & tenant, news, prosecutions, victims by sally

‘The Government has issued guidance to prosecutors not to bring charges for unlawful subletting at Grenfell Tower so that victims can be identified.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd July 2017

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NHS pressured to reveal confidential patient data by Home Office under Theresa May, says former executive – The Independent

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in data protection, government departments, health, illegality, immigration, news by tracey

‘The former head of NHS Digital has said he was put under “immense pressure” by the Home Office under Theresa May to release data on immigrants despite his concerns over its legality.’

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The Independent, 1st February 2017

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Conman who pretended washing powder was cocaine guilty of defrauding drug users – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 5th, 2016 in drug abuse, drug offences, fraud, illegality, news by sally

‘A conman who was found to be selling washing powder as cocaine has ended up in court for fraud.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th October 2016

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